John is one of our Access to Elected Office Interns, working with the Scottish National Party and MSP James Dornan.
It’s been a full-on week here at the parliament. Labour’s policy announcement had the whole place up in arms giving the building a definite West Wing-vibe. While I myself never conducted a ‘walk n’ talk’, I certainly saw a few notable figures doing just that. It was all very interesting.
I’ve never worked somewhere that feels like this. It has little to do with the building, which if I’m honest, have never been wild about. The outside still grates on me but the inside is wonderful. (Whoever came round with the feng-shui guru when it was being built got their money’s worth). No, it is the atmosphere. Yes, it can be frantic and hectic but it is also kinetic. Everybody moves with a purpose and has a spring to their step. I’m probably still enjoying the ‘newbie’ vibe but those I’ve spoken to say that the feeling doesn’t go away.
The days aren’t without their stress points. I still wonder if I’m over my head when asked to dissect a policy paper. Numbers were never my thing. I’m fairly sure there’s a bald patch forming where I keep scratching my head at the sight of percentage signs and decimal points. Still, the act of finding stuff out is something I love. Being nosey (i.e. ‘research’) has always been something I have enjoyed and am good at. While it’s not been a major part of the job yet, I do worry about how I’ll come across to people when I meet them. Will I come across as cocky or obnoxious? Will they see my slightly jaundiced skin or red tinged eyes? Even my limp and slight stoop. These are the silly things I worry about. Thankfully, most people are great and there’s never an issue but I still wonder.
Something that will always be a pain in the behind in this day and age is internet problems. It feels like the net in Parliament has been down for hours… looking at my watch, it actually has been hours. While very much a first-world-problem, the act of emailing is made considerably more difficult without it. In my previous blog I alluded to my lack of tech knowledge so with that in mind (I can feel the ice cracking beneath my feet) I’ll stop there.
Hopefully, by this time next week things will be back up and running round here and I’ll be able to write another one of these things. Otherwise, til next time.